One-year-old boy shot and killed sitting inside a vehicle in Washington D.C. in a ‘targeted killing’


WASHINGTON, D.C. – A one-year-old boy was shot and killed while sitting in a car in Southeast D.C. around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police Department reported that the shooting took place near 57th Street.

The child was inside a vehicle that was moving in the direction of the 5700 block of Southern Avenue. D.C. police believe multiple shots were fired from another car. The child has been identified as Carmelo Duncan.

A dark-gray Mazda SUV with dark tints was seen heading in the direction of Southern Avenue when the shooting occurred. The vehicle was moving at a high speed.

The victim was in a car with an adult male and another child when multiple gunshots struck the car. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters late Wednesday that it was “probably the most tragic news to announce this evening.”

The child was immediately transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police have confirmed that the other passengers were not harmed.

This is the fourth child to be shot in this neighborhood within three days. D.C. police have stated that one child was shot Monday and two children were shot on Tuesday. The reason for this latest shooting remains unknown. D.C. police are continuing to investigate the crime.  

Chief Newsham, during a press conference, stated that this shooting “was not random.”

The search continues for those who fired the shots. The public is being urged to come forward with any information.

Chief Newsham said, “The car was struck multiple times. (There are) as many as ten or maybe more.”

D.C. Mayor Bowser issued a statement saying:

“There are no words for the sense of loss that our city will feel when they hear of this heartbreaking tragedy. We cannot tolerate senseless gun violence, and we must continue to come together to have the tough conversation about what we must do to eradicate it.

“Anyone with information about this heinous crime should reach out to MPD by calling 202-727-9099 or texting 50411. Our thoughts and prayers are with the angel we lost, his loved ones, and those who know the agony of this terrible loss.”

D.C. police are investigating if more than one weapon was used in the shooting.

A statement from D.C. Police said:

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

“In partnership with MPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division has offered an additional $25,000 and the FBI Washington Field Office has offered an additional $10,000 bringing the total reward amount to $60,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.

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Young boy killed, two wounded in shooting during violent week for children – where’s Black Lives Matter?

November 19, 2020

MEMPHIS, TN – A ten-year-old boy was killed, and a 12-year-old and adult were wounded, when shots were fired into the car they were in.  Richard Jordan was pronounced dead after the incident at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Memphis police reported that three cars pulled alongside the car Jordan and his family were in and opened fire.  The shooting occurred near the intersection of Airways and Ketchum on the Southeast side of Memphis.

It is unclear if the car carrying Richard Jordan was the intended target of the shooting, or if people in the other cars were shooting at each other and Richard’s family was caught in the crossfire.  Police are looking for a gold Chevrolet Malibu with missing hubcaps, a black Chrysler 300, and an unknown model gray sedan.

In nearby Jackson, Tennessee, a ten-year-old girl is facing an attempted murder charge after shooting a 16-year-old boy on Tuesday.

Jackson Police Department officers arrived at the East Pointe Apartments to find the 16-year-old shot in the chest.  He was transported to a local hospital, and then to a major medical center in Memphis.  His condition is listed as critical, but stable.

WSB TV of Atlanta reported on a press release by Jackson police:

“Investigators determined that a ten-year-old girl had purposely shot the teen. Police recovered the firearm and detained the girl who faces charges of second-degree attempted murder and using a firearm during a felony.”

The girl is in custody at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

In a week wrought with violence involving children, a baby boy was killed when his father failed to secure him in a car seat and had a violent wreck.

At around 2:00 a.m. on Couchville Pike in Nashville, police and fire personnel say that 21-year-old Malcolm Hensley was driving his car with the baby in his lap.  After the accident, Hensley told first responders that his son was in a car seat. However, four-month-old Messiah was found face down against the driver’s door and had not been secured in a child seat.

Police said Hensley failed to negotiate a curve, veered off the side of the road and hit a rock wall. Hensley reportedly told police he swerved to avoid a deer, but investigators said there was no evidence to indicate a swerve.

Hensley was charged with vehicular homicide and felony aggravated child abuse.

Just last month in Birmingham, 29-year-old Rickkia Allen was indicted for the 2019 shooting death of Ta’Narius “TJ” Moore. TJ was shot in the head December 7, 2019 when he was caught in a gunfire exchange between family members.  He was transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but did not survive.

Rickkia Allen was charged with capital murder. Police said:

“Investigators learned that two family members were engaged in an altercation that led to gunfire.  The victim received a gunshot wound as a result of the gunfire.”

Also, in the Birmingham area, eight-year-old Royta Giles was gunned down in the Riverchase Galleria Mall this summer in Hoover, Alabama.

The bright and cheery young man lived in nearby Bessemer and was shopping at the mall with his family when a gun battle ensued between several men.  Royta was hit in the crossfire and died at the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, Hoover police announced capital murder charges against King Gary Williams and Demetrius Dewayne Jackson Jr., both 19 years old and from Birmingham. Each man was also charged with three counts of second-degree assault in connection to the wounding of three others inside the mall.

A third male, 22-year-old Montez Moses Miracle Coleman, faces the same charges in the deadly shooting. All three are pending trial in Jefferson County.

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